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A longtime agent with one of San Antonio’s largest brokerages has split off to form her own local brokerage in partnership with a California-based real estate tech company.

Tiffany Stevens worked for 15 years as an agent with Phyllis Browning Co. At the end of last year, she left to form Forward Real Estate with the goal of streamlining the home-buying process, and the new company has closed $2.5 million in deals since its launch.

Stevens is the first in San Antonio to partner with Side, headquartered in San Francisco, which works with agents to create independently owned brands using proprietary technology and the help of its own support staff.

“With the advantage of the Side platform, the Forward team can focus on clients first, by offering the innovation and elevated level of support that outcompetes against anything offered by the traditional brokerage models,” said Darren Johnson, chief revenue officer for Side, in a news release. “This results in more engaging and successful real estate experiences for everyone.”

Side’s large presence in California is a huge benefit for Stevens, as she is able to tap into the company’s network of agents with many clients looking to move to Texas. Additionally, Side’s technology enables agents to submit offers to other agents in 30 minutes, which is essential in the competitive seller’s market where homes go on and off the market extremely quickly.

“They’re a total silent partner,” Stevens said. “They allow me to grow so I can help other agents grow.”

Forward Real Estate has two locations in Southtown and on the North Side. The brokerage has four employees, and Stevens expects to bring on at least five to 10 more agents by the end of this year. However, she is not looking to be the biggest company in town.

“I don’t want to grow too fast. You do agents and clients a disservice,” Stevens said. “I want to take time with each person.”

– Mitchell Parton

Whether your kids have left home to attend college, join the military, get married, or start a new job, the result is the same for you: an empty nest. While you’re probably feeling proud and excited for them, you might also be experiencing empty nest syndrome. It’s totally normal to feel a sense of loss when your kids leave home, and it might be time for you to make a positive change as well. Leaving a house that’s filled with memories can be an emotional experience, but this change can be exciting! It can be an opportunity for you to move forward. 

Consider Your Options to Move Forward  

So, what does moving forward look like for you? You might be considering downsizing for a lower maintenance property with a smaller yard, fewer bedrooms, and lower overall expenses. Or, maybe you’re finally ready to move into your larger dream home after all these years. You might even be thinking about downsizing and purchasing a second home or travel trailer. There are so many different options! You just have to determine which option is best for you and the lifestyle you want. Some questions that might help you decide what your move forward looks like are: 

  1. Is this the home I’d like to spend my retirement in? 
  2. Do I want to travel often or will I be content spending most of my time at home?
  3. Is this the last, or next to last, home I’d like to live in? 
  4. Do I want to stay in the area that I’m used to or do I want to venture out into a different area? 

Put Together a Plan and Make it Happen

Whether you’re looking to sell your current home and opt for a smaller property or you’re ready to upgrade into something bigger, the Forward Real Estate team can help you prepare for this exciting new chapter. We’ll help you put together a comprehensive and customized plan to get you prepared to move forward, including plans to declutter your home and determine updates needed for maximum return. So, move forward in confidence with the help of our experienced team! We can’t wait to hear from you.

Moving FORWARD with you,

Tiffany Stevens

The white label brokerage concept is set to revolutionize the already hot real estate market, and Forward Real Estate’s Tiffany Stevens is leading the charge.

While the real estate market in San Antonio has been skyrocketing for months, the best agents know innovation is key to staying on top. When Forward Real Estate’s Tiffany Stevens, formerly of Phyllis Browning, was presented with the opportunity to bring never-before-seen technology to the market, she jumped at the chance.

“The real estate industry in general has always been plagued by two things: inefficient processes and lack of technology,” says Stevens. “By partnering with Side I knew we would solve both of these issues and revolutionize San Antonio’s real estate market.” Backed by experienced industry professionals and world-class engineers who develop technology designed to improve agent productivity and enhance the client experience, Side is based on its belief that homeownership is a fundamental human right.

“We only partner with top-performing, experienced real estate professionals like Tiffany Stevens and her award-winning team at Forward Real Estate,” says Darren Johnson, Chief Revenue Officer at Side. “With the advantage of the Side platform, the Forward team can focus on clients first, by offering the innovation and elevated level of support that outcompetes against anything offered by the traditional brokerage models. This results in more engaging and successful real estate experiences for everyone.”

On average, Side saves agents 62 days per year, with the majority of the time savings coming from documents and transaction process, in addition to a first-to-market app feature. Offers can be in another agent’s hands in 30 minutes, a critical advantage with multiple offer listings. “We’ve already seen transactions going through at lightning speed compared to what the industry standard is,” says Stevens. “This is absolutely the future for real estate, and I’m proud to bring it to San Antonio. In so many ways, this is going to be a win-win for our buyers and sellers, not to mention our agents will benefit from a massive network of top-performing Side agents across the country who are ready and excited to do business with us.”

Learn more Tiffany and what makes Forward Real Estate so unique here.

San Antonio is full of culture, attractions, and experiences that make the city one-of-a-kind. Whether you’re looking to spend some time immersing yourself in nature, getting lost in great music, or strolling through an art museum, The Alamo City has something for everyone to enjoy. Featured below are five events going on during February in San Antonio for the perfect date or family outing. 

  1. Experience McNay’s New Exhibition

Stroll through The McNay Art Museum’s new exhibition, “Hollywood’s Sistine Chapel: Sacred Sets for Stage & Screen.” Art and movie-lovers alike will enjoy McNay Art Museum’s new exhibition, featuring six replicas of large-scale Renaissance masterpieces in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel alongside artworks from The Tobin Collection of Theatre Arts. Purchase tickets here. 

When: Now through April 4, 2021

Where: The Brown Gallery and Tobin Theatre Arts Gallery, The McNay Art Museum

  1. Get Lost in the Music at Jazz TX 

Enjoy an elevated night out with great music, artful cocktails, and delicious food at Jazz TX. Closed for renovations since October, the popular jazz bar is reopening with shows and a new menu on February 2nd! Pre-paid reservations are available at $50 per person for couples or groups up to six. Reserve your spot here. 

When: Shows start February 2nd

Where: 312 Pearl Pkwy, Bldg 6

  1. Enjoy The San Antonio Museum of Art’s New Exhibition 

Dive Into the rich world of cultural diversity in modern Latin American and Caribbean societies at The San Antonio Museum of Art’s New Exhibition: “No Ocean Between Us: Art of Asian Diasporas in Latin America & The Caribbean.” Highlighting artists whose work reflects the global dialogues between their Asian heritages and their Latin American or Caribbean identities, this exhibition features around 75 paintings, works on paper, sculptures and other mediums by artists from Panama, Argentina, Trinidad, Cuba, Brazil and elsewhere. When you’re done strolling the gallery head to Tre Trattoria, located at SAMA, and enjoy a Tuscan-inspired meal out on the gorgeous patio overlooking the Riverwalk. Purchase tickets here. 

When: February 12, 2021–May 09, 2021

Where: Cowden Gallery, The San Antonio Museum of Art

  1. Stroll Among the Flora and Fauna at the San Antonio Botanical Garden 

Get outside and connect with nature at the San Antonio Botanical Garden! Enjoy lots of fun events this month, like the Guided Origami in the Garden Exhibition, Culinary Demos, Valentine’s Day Market, Galentine’s Day Brunch, Zumba and Sangria and so much more! End your outing with fresh Mediterranean-inspired dishes and cocktails at Jardin. Perfect for a girls day out, a fun date, or a fun-filled family outing. Check out all of the events taking place  during February here. 

When: February

Where: The San Antonio Botanical Garden (555 Funston Place)

  1. Wrangle a Good Time at the Rodeo! 

Experience live music and rodeo action at the 2021 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo! The annual event will kick off Thursday, Feb. 12th and will take place inside the Freeman Coliseum. While there won’t be any fairgrounds or carnival this year due to COVID-19, a limited-capacity crowd will be able to experience action-packed rodeo performances and musical entertainment. Tickets are currently sold out but resales are available! Check out event times and find tickets here. 

When: February 12th-27th

Where: Freeman Coliseum 

What are you most excited for this February in San Antonio? Let me know in the comments below!

Moving FORWARD with you,

Tiffany Stevens

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